We have heard so many good things about Nashville in the last couple of years, and have been dying to go and check it out for ourselves. Last weekend, we finally ventured there for a quick weekend trip to celebrate a babe’s birthday.
We scored an amazing deal during a Southwest sale, getting round trip tickets for just $100 directly from Nola! The flight is just over an hour so we were there in no time, arriving around 11AM on Saturday leaving us with about two full days to explore the city.
The city is best known for its country roots, but there’s so much more to it than that! The nightlife, arts and food and beverage scene are all thriving. It’s similar to New Orleans in that it’s a “small, big town,” so it’s not hard to squeeze it into a weekend.
Where to Stay
We stayed at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in the West End, and can not recommend it enough. It was the perfect central location to be able to grab a quick Uber to any area of town we wanted to go.
The rooms were so comfortable and cute with little touches of the music city giving them a Nashville vibe, and a wonderful view of the city from our window.
The staff was so accommodating bringing us ladies things we forgot like safety pins at the last minute without hesitation. They even brought us some yummy local treats to try like Tennessee Toffee and the GooGoo Cluster. It took us no time at all to eat these. Whoops 😳
The hotel bar, Mason’s, was the perfect place to snag a mimosa before heading out for the day!
Where to Eat & Drink
You already know that eats and drinks are at the top of our list wherever we travel. We heard so many great things about the food and restaurant scene that we couldn’t wait to spend the majority of our time checking it out.
First, we headed to the one of the hottest new brunch spots in East Nashville, Butcher and the Bee. The casual, but modern restaurant featured imaginative brunch dishes with a Middle Eastern influence. We started with a warm Turkish hummus topped with crispy chickpeas, and pine nuts. It had a bit of spice to it – so delicious.
Of course, we had to get a round (or two) of mimosas. The juice they came with was so fresh and delicious.
For our main dishes, we ordered the breakfast burrito, and two of the Green Eggs and Lamb entrees, with braised lamb and an avocado hollandaise over a buttermilk biscuit. OMG – this was the best benedict we have EVER had. The lamb was tender and not too gamey, and the avocado hollandaise gave it a fresh touch.
After brunch, we checked out a couple of divey bars in one of the city’s up and coming neighborhoods, East Nashville. The five points area is a great spot to grab a beer with the locals at bars like 3 crow bar (think Ms. Mae’s meets craft beer).
We couldn’t wait to head to the rooftop bar at the Thompson Hotel, L.A. Jackson, on our first night. When we heard the bar and restaurant concepts at the hotel were by our beloved John Besh, we knew it would be #winning, and of course he did not disappoint.
The gorgeous, expansive bar featured a menu of Southern inspired small bites, and delicious cocktails. They were even reppin’ the boot with Abita and NOLA Brewing beers on the menu.
The cocktail pictured above was called the Summer Lovin’ made with pickers vodka, cucumber, lime, blood orange. So good! The view from the rooftop was the best we saw of the city all trip. It was such a nice place to watch the sun set.
The next day, of course it was time to brunch again so we headed to the next spot on our list, Etc. A smaller, more intimate version of its downtown sister restaurant, Etch, Etc’s menu was full of playful dishes and some seriously killer bloody marys.
We started with a gorgeous roasted beet salad with sorghum-sambal goat cheese, bacon, fruit, pecans, a cherry ginger pureé, roasted cantaloupe lime leaf sauce and greens. It tasted just as good as it looks! The house made croissants and jam were some of the flakiest we’ve ever had.
Our favorite main was a cornmeal fried catfish with a smoked corn sauce, lima bean crema, local tomatoes, pickled red onions, radishes, greens and poblano oil.
Of course, we couldn’t leave without trying Nashville’s famous hot chicken. We asked locals throughout the trip where to get the most authentic hot chicken, and finally decided Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack was the place to go. Now, us New Orleans ladies like to think we can handle our heat, but after many a warning we opted for the Hot (the menu went up to xxx hot), and this was plenty hot enough. Prince’s definitely knows what they are doing when it comes to hot chicken.
Where to Recover
After two days of lots of eating and drinking, we needed some recovery so we headed to the spa for massages. The Mokara Spa at Omni Nashville is literally the most gorgeous spa we have ever been in. From the exquisite relaxation room to the deep tissue massages finished with hot stones and a glass of bubbly, we never wanted to leave.
After our massages, we felt so rejuvenated, but that didn’t stop us from heading to the fabulous rooftop pool to lounge around some more. We ordered sandwiches from the hotel restaurant, Kitchen Notes, while soaking up the sun with a view of the city.
Babes tip: Don’t forget to take a photo #fortheinsta at the What Lifts You mural in The Gulch neighborhood of Nashville before you leave!
Nashville really is the perfect city for a quick weekend getaway with your girlfriends. It’s such a fun place! We can’t wait to make another trip back to check out everything we missed.